Letter: Elections Should Mean Something
To the Editor:
On Oct. 1 the federal government went into partial shutdown. A minority faction of the minority party tossed 800,000 federal employees into furlough/unemployment to serve a narrow and venal ideology. This was accomplished by taking the country, and the rule of law, hostage. The public safety and welfare be damned.
Elections mean something. The Tea Baggers drove a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 2010. That election dramatically shifted debate and resulted in a weakening of the governing majority. Two years later, the president and the Democratic Senate majority won a substantial electoral victory, solidifying support for their agenda. The Affordable Care Act, passed by a majority in the Congress four years ago, was sustained as constitutional by the Supreme Court. The debate is over! Now, 20 percent of the Republican congressional caucus, has forced their own party’s leadership to kowtow to them and participate in a government shutdown against their own good judgment. Once again, the United States is the laughingstock of the developed world. Young, irrational nations should be vulnerable to government shutdowns, not a supposedly mature democracy. Yet, here we are, for the third time in 20 years — all of them precipitated by the red party.
House Speaker John Boehner is a weakling and the most ineffective speaker in the modern history of this great nation. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., et al. are fomenting sedition, encouraging economic calamity and frustrating democracy. In different times in this nation, they would have been arrested and tried for sedition. They won’t be, sadly.
Elections matter. Until the lunatic right actually wins a governing majority, they need to shut their crazy mouths and let the people’s business be done. For better or for worse, fund the government. This country should not behave like Taiwan!
James L. Mulligan